San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals Free Pick

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The San Diego Padres will be taking on the St. Louis Cardinals in a Saturday showdown. The opening pitch is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. ET and Fox Sports San Diego will be showing this NL matchup.

San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals Odds

San Diego (+120) is the underdog against St. Louis (-130) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this afternoon game at 8 runs (-105 for the under and -115 for the over). Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds sitting at Padres +1.5 runs (-175) and Cardinals -1.5 runs (+155). The Cardinals are 3-4 straight up (SU) and 4-2 against the spread (ATS). The team’s gained 0.1 units for moneyline bettors and 1.6 units ATS. The Padres have gone 5-3 SU this year and are 4-3 ATS. In total, the team’s accumulated 0.0 units for moneyline gamblers in the season’s early going and 2.5 units ATS. Cardinals games have an over/under record of 4-1-1 so far in 2019. The Padres have an over/under record of 2-5. The right-handed Chris Paddack (0-0, 1.80 ERA) will get the ball for San Diego. Paddack did not accumulate any MLB pitching stats last season. The Cards will be turning to righty Michael Wacha (0-0, 1.50 ERA), who started 15 games last year while finishing the season 8-2 overall with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. As a unit, St. Louis’ pitching staff has allowed 4.7 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have an ERA of 5.35, a WHIP of 1.66 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.3. The bullpen has a 3.68 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 8.0 K/9. The St. Louis hitters are putting up 4.7 runs per outing, including 4.0 per game over their last five. The team has hit .189/.268/.377 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span. The Cardinals’ hitters have been led by second baseman Kolten Wong and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Wong is slashing .417/.481/.917 with 10 hits, six RBIs and seven runs scored, while Goldschmidt’s line is .259/.394/.815 with seven hits, five homers, nine RBIs and five runs. In the other dugout, San Diego’s pitching staff allowed 3.4 runs per game and its starters own a 2.77 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 7.62 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.82, along with a K/9 of 10.09. Padres hitters have slashed .240/.311/.394 on their way to 3.5 runs scored per game in 2019, including over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU). San Diego’s offensive production has been led by left fielder Wil Myers and first baseman Eric Hosmer. Myers is slashing .321/.367/.571 with nine hits, four RBIs and four runs scored, while Hosmer (.267/.333/.333) is up to eight hits, four RBIs and two runs scored. The Padres have lost 3.0 units and are 1-3 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in two of those games, compared to two that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Cardinals have netted 0.1 units and are 4-2 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in four of those games, compared to one that went under the total.

Padres at Cardinals Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Cardinals, ATS Winner – Padres, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • The Padres went 4-3 SU against the Cardinals last season.
  • The Cardinals’ bullpen recorded 3.62 ERA against the Padres last year.
  • The Padres have a team OPS of .704 this season and an OPS of .683 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Cardinals’ OPS sits at .723 overall and their left-right split is nearly identical.